- Agility skills are still being developed and throwing a ball in properly is very difficult at these ages
- We spend all our time explaining to these young soccer players they can only use their feet. From there, we tell them to pick up a ball and throw it in a very specific way. Now, think about that from a young player only starting to understand the game. That doesn’t make much sense, does it?
- Far more important skills to develop other technical soccer skills. Remember, the only point of a throw-in is to get the ball back into play.
- Since the players do not understand space and are challenged to “go the right way”, they are very likely to throw the ball in the wrong way
It is much more effective to simply play another ball into bounds and pickup the “out of bounds” ball, so play continues fluidly and without distraction. This optimizes the time of the ball to develop soccer skills at this age. They will certainly have plenty of time to learn the technical and tactical side of throwing the ball in at later ages.